While many view Memorial Day as the culmination of a long weekend or an opportunity to catch a great sale, we hope you’ll join us in taking some time today to reflect on the true reason for this day of remembrance, which was declared a national holiday in 1971.
This isn’t a call to feel guilty for enjoying the extra time off of work or having fun with friends and family. We should enjoy ourselves, but we should also honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom to do so.
As President Ronald Reagan stated in his Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery in 1986:
“I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they’ll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that’s good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember.”
Indeed, it is good to be with the family and to remember.
As mentioned in Reagan’s speech, many cities throughout the country hold parades to honor servicemembers or host memorial events at cemeteries. If these aren’t available in your community or you would simply like to know what else you can do to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for our freedom, here are four ways you can honor them this Memorial Day.
4 Ways to Honor Our Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day
1. Take part in the National Moment of Remembrance: Pause at 3:00pm local time and reflect upon the meaning of Memorial Day.
2. Display the American flag at half-staff until noon.
3. Offer a helping hand to someone who has lost a loved one in service.
4. Place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers at a local cemetery.
In closing, we would like to express our utmost gratitude to all who gave their lives for our safety and our freedom, and extend our heartfelt support to the loved ones they left behind.